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What is a good basic skin regimen for improving acne?

Answer by:
Alan Rockoff, MD

Author, MedicineNet

These are all good, basic skin regimens that may help with the acne battle:

  1. Cleanse twice daily with a 5% benzoyl peroxide wash. An alternative for those who are allergic to benzoyl peroxide is 2% salicylic acid.
  2. Apply a gel or cream containing 5% benzoyl peroxide; an alternative is sulfur or resorcinol.
  3. At night, apply a spot cream containing sulfur to the affected areas.
  4. Use a light skin moisturizer and water-based, oil-free makeup.
  5. Use a clean washcloth each time you wash your face.